When it comes to food, what you don’t know can hurt you. Food sensitivities impact approximately 90% of the population in the U.S., and most of those cases remain undiagnosed. That means millions of people are unknowingly experiencing unwanted weight gain, chronic fatigue and digestive problems because they have a hidden food sensitivity. Unlike allergies, food sensitivities are a digestive system response that occurs when something in food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or break down the food.
Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance, affecting nearly 70% of Americans to some degree, and 30% of Americans have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Problems can also arise from numerous foods including corn, soy, eggs, and even seafood and mustard. Symptoms of food sensitivities can include nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, bloating, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, headaches, irritability or nervousness, depression, mood swings, weight gain, joint pain, and fatigue.
Food sensitivities present with delayed-reaction symptoms and can take up to 72 hours to manifest, meaning the problems can really set in over time. If you frequently eat the foods that you are sensitive to, that can eventually take a toll on the immune system. Food sensitivities cause chronic inflammation in the body, and when the body is chronically inflamed, it can trigger autoimmune disorders and can cause problems with everything from weight gain to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to rheumatoid arthritis.
Because of the hidden dangers that undiagnosed food sensitivities present and the damage that those sensitivities can do if left unchecked, we are now offering Food Sensitivity Testing at Carlson Chiropractic Center! Dr. Mallory Province, who is currently finishing her Diplomate in Diagnosis and Internal Disorders through the American Board of Chiropractic Internists, has found that comprehensive testing and subsequent dietary changes can have a profound impact on her patients’ health. In fact, many of them are reporting the “weird” symptoms that have plagued them for years are gone!
While food sensitivities can’t be prevented, knowledge is power, and with Dr. Province’s guidance, patients can learn which foods they can and can’t eat, how to dine out safely, and learn how to read food labels and check the ingredients for problems. To learn more about how food sensitivities may be impacting your health and well being, give us a call. We can explain the process and schedule an appointment for testing. Wellness can be yours with just a few simple changes.